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Making a positive difference, no matter what

The 44th annual Terry Fox Run will be held locally on Sunday, September 15th, starting at the Old Unionville Library Community Centre and also at Memorial Park in Stouffville.

“Last year, the Markham-Unionville run site surpassed $1.5 million in total fundraising and we want to keep the momentum going,” said local run organizer Lilly Ing.

The Stouffville run has raised almost $2.5 million to date and hopes to raise over $70,000 this year.

After losing a leg to osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, to raise funds for cancer research. He wanted to run across the country and raise one dollar for every person in Canada — a goal of more than $24 million. His dream of running across Canada was cut short near Thunder Bay when he learned that cancer had spread to his lungs. For 143 days, he ran an average of 42 km every day, totalling 5,373 km. He passed away on June 28, 1981.

Terry’s enduring legacy has inspired people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities worldwide. Through the generous support of donors, partners, and volunteers, the Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $900 million and funded 1,300 innovative cancer research projects, bringing hope and health to millions of Canadians.

The Terry Fox Foundation has once again partnered with beloved Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds to launch its annual limited-edition Terry Fox Run shirt. This year’s shirt features the tagline #NoMatterWhat, celebrating Terry’s unwavering determination, no matter the challenges or circumstances when running his iconic Marathon of Hope in 1980. The message aims to remind Canadians of Terry’s strength, courage, and perseverance and inspire them to embrace this mindset in their own lives.

Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada, with 2 in 5 people expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime. However, since Terry’s Marathon of Hope, scientific research has dramatically improved cancer diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes in the last four decades.

Registration is now open and people are being encouraged to sign up now and help fundraise for the Marathon of Hope. All proceeds support cancer research in Canada and there are no registration fees to join. Participants are welcome to walk, run, blade, skate or wheel in the Terry Fox Run.

Visit run.terryfox.ca for more information.

 

Photo: Markham-Unionville Terry Fox Run organizer Lilly Ing (centre) with Stephanie and Dean Lee donning Terry Fox shirts.

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